We sat down with Njeri, our thoughtful and bright editorial intern, and asked her what it was like to be her and why she wanted to join team MSC. We consider ourselves lucky to be surrounded with such a brilliant team of girls, and we can't wait for you to meet another one of them! So, with no further explanation...
1. Why did you want to get involved in MSC? What do you love about our mission of combining fashion and mentorship, as well as our business model of launching student designs for a cause?
I’m really good at doing nothing… like, really good at it. Let me explain.
I was never the best in school growing up, I always struggled to apply myself and attain good grades. However, I was always a huge dreamer; there was something deep within my heart that told me I could be anything that I set my mind too. So, when I started high school, I knew that I had to majorly change my perspective and work ethic if I ever wanted to reach my potential. So, I worked to turn myself from a slacker into a doer. And, within the next four years I was graduating high school with honors, giving my high school commencement speech, and on my way to a new adventure in New York City. I felt ready to take on the world!
Then college happened, and I was more challenged than ever before. I’ve only been through one year, and I already feel like I’m in way over my head. So, when the time comes for me to go back to my home state of slow-paced, peaceful Kansas (save your Wizard of Oz jokes), it is so easy for me to relax and take it easy. Now, it is super healthy to set time aside for rest; as a matter of fact it’s crucial for your physical and mental health. However, when I went back home, I’d end up doing absolutely nothing for weeks. I would watch Netflix with my cat all day everyday, and have no qualms about it at all. As fun as this relaxation was, I knew I couldn't do this for three months. If I was going to keep pushing myself, and continue to discover my potential, I had to push past the fear and stop hiding in my safe place.
To me, that is what My Social Canvas is all about and why I wanted an internship with them so badly. This company works to push women to the center stage, out of hiding, so that they can do the amazing things they were always meant to do. This company helps young women from all sorts of backgrounds meet their potential, but, it also helps young women to support and to help other women. Whether this support is through selling clothing and accessories to raise money for human trafficking survivors, starting funds for young girls to get an education, or shining a light on women in STEM fields, this company pulls in young capable women, mentors them into working professionals, and then pushes them out into the world with the tools to realize their own dreams and help other women in the process. This company has a truly powerful vision for women, and I feel super blessed to be apart of it.
3. What song motivates you to dream big as design the life you love?
For me, it is not the song that necessarily inspires me, but the woman behind the song. So if a bop by Madonna, Diana Ross, Lady Gaga, Selena Quintanilla, Beyonce (of course), or any powerful female artist that I know of starts to play, I will feel empowered. But, before my interview for MSC, I did power poses to Vogue by Madonna. That song makes me feel really good :)
4. Advice to high school girls that haven't started their college career?
My main advice to high schoolers is to be patient with yourselves, and to not compare yourself to other people. Everyone is at a different place in their journey, and everyone is running a different race with different obstacles. Allow yourself to move at your own pace, allow yourself to fail, and allow other young women around you to do the same. Stomp on any jealousy that you feel towards other women and focus on what you are doing. If you focus on what the women around you are doing and focus on dragging them down, you won't have energy to reach your own potential. Let the success of women inspire you, so that you can learn how to also inspire women.
5. What role model or leader do you think we need to get one or our DTLYL shirts on?
Considering that MSC puts such a large emphasis on educating young girls, I think that Malala Yousafzai is a brilliant role model that this company should highlight. Yousafzai has been through great hardships, but she embodies resilience. She is an inspiring activist for women's education, and has taken substantial steps in solving the issues that she sees. Moreover, I think she is a great example of how age, sexuality, ethnicity, gender, and religion should never get in the way of all people coming together for an important cause.